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Summer doesn't just mean junk trips, but often, lots of holiday planning and frantically googling the cheapest place to jet off to for a few days off. It's definitely peak season, so it might be hard for you to get the best deals. But fear not residents of the Fragrant Harbour, we’ve done the research and discovered flights away from the city can be a lot cheaper than once presumed. Here’s a list of the cheapest places to travel to!
Pro tip: The more flexible you can be the better. Search through Skyscanner and choose ‘cheapest month’. The best time to book is around 60-40 days before you plan to fly. (I’m sure you can all guess China is the cheapest, but we’re looking further afield)
And we’re not just talking about Manila. Flight to the dreamy island of Cebu start at $951HKD return. Or fancy lying on the famous white sand of Boracay? Fly to Kalibo (then get an hours private ride and 20 min boat) and you’ll only be parting with a tad over $1000HKD.
The land of the orangutans is a lot cheaper than we first thought..Ok, maybe you can’t make it into the rainforest on a fair penny but you can make it to Kota Kinabalu for $799HKD. And, I don’t know if you’ve heard how amazing the street food is there, but it's time you tried it out!
If we could have a spirit city outside of Hong Kong it would be Taipei! Only a 90-minute flight away, you can easily pop over for a weekend, and when you’re only handing over $949HKD, to-hell-to-it, go for a day!
Pho-king good Hanoi has all the flavours we’re looking for. AKA all the food. When a flight only costs $820HKD, we can afford to spend our savings on those perfect Vietnamese meals all day every day.
There’s no denying each and every one of us love Thailand. The food, the islands, the beaches, the whole package. Take us there NOW. Hop over to Chang Mai and find your inner-hippie for just $975HKD!
So Singapore might not have the soul of HK, but it's certainly got something about it that needs to be seen. Plus when flights start at $839HKD, what’s there to lose? Hop over to Sentosa and spend a day riding waves, getting a good tan and sipping cocktails.
Oh, Bali, how we love you so, but getting to you is just so expensive. However, sister city Bandung is much cheaper to visit and is set amid volcanoes and tea plantations. It's known for colonial and art deco architecture, and is relatively undiscovered by the tourists eye. Grab a flight for around $1278HKD.
If you live in Hong Kong, you absolutely HAVE to visit Japan. Worlds away from the Chinese culture, Japan offers surprises around every corner. Take a weekend and go and explore Tokyo and its quirky spots (robot cafe for one) and fastasitc eats for $1342HKD.
9. South Korea
This sprawling metropolis where hyper-modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets is possibly one of the coolest cities we know. Head there for a very fair $1059HKD and eat up all the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) you can! If you need a little peace and quiet, a quick detour to Jeju Island will do the trick.
If we can give you one bit of advice it would be: Go to Myanmar before the masses do! This up-and-coming tourist hotspot is yet to hit the mainstream traveller, and should, therefore, be on every HK-ers bucket list. We’re closer than most, and to get to Yangon it’s only going to cost you $1243HKD.
Written by Sarah Richard